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Allen looking to the positives after Scottish Open exit

By Ross Lawson

Mark Allen insisted there were plenty of positives to take from his Coral Scottish Open campaign despite losing in the last 16 to Ronnie O'Sullivan. The Antrim potter arguably delivered his best performance against 'The Rocket' in Glasgow, though it wasn't enough to prevent a 4-2 defeat.

Yet with O'Sullivan opening with breaks of 104 and 103, it was easy to understand why, Allen barely getting a chance to hit a ball in anger.

But with the two trading frames for the rest of a quality match, the World No.9 felt it wasn't all doom and gloom, breaks of 74 and 80 the highlight.

"I'm disappointed, but the last few times against Ronnie I haven't competed in the safety, and while I missed one or two I did much better," he said.

"I forced a few chances instead of relying on his mistakes and just happened to miss a few pots.

"I can live with that, on better days I won't do that but the stuff I've been working on is better."

Meanwhile, Belfast man Joe Swail was the angriest he has ever been in 25 years of snooker after he felt hard done by a foul call in a crucial moment in his defeat to Neil Robertson.

The World No.62 was aghast when, crouching over a red, he was adjudged to have fouled in the sixth and ultimately final frame, going on to lose 4-2.

"I've never been so peeved off in my life, to be called for that foul is hard," he said.

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